The Chicago Bears are an abysmal 32nd in passing yards per game in 2021
Back in 2017, the Bears were last in the NFL in passing yards per game, just like they are this year. Except, back in 2017 under John Fox, Chicago finished with 175.7 yards passing per game. This year? They’re at 124.4 passing yards per game.
Sure, we have already established the fact that Fields has hardly been protected this year. But, that’s not the whole story.
Other than the offensive line play, there is another reason why Fields hasn’t been able to light it up through the air this season.
As Johnathan Wood points out here, this is an indictment on Nagy and his offense. Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney are talented players and route runners. The problem is not with them, it’s with the offensive scheme.
We have now seen four years of below-average offenses from Matt Nagy. The only common theme has been him. There are lesser-talented offensive groups in the NFL, in terms of playmakers, who are doing more, collectively.
This is Nagy’s scheme, period. His playbook doesn’t work. His offense doesn’t work. There is hardly separation with the routes he has his guys run, and that’s been proven by Fields throwing into tight windows on so many of his throws. Nagy’s offense is simply bad, and he needs to go.